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Brothers Grimm: Why Disney is the master of adapting their stories

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(Read caption) One 'Grimm's Fairy Tales' adaptation that made it to the big screen was 'Tangled,' which featured Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore voicing the main characters.

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It's bound to happen in Hollywood: Anything that we love as a culture is destined to end up on the movie screen sooner or later.

"Grimm's Fairy Tales" are no exception. Written by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm, many stories by the brothers were first published in a collection in 1812, and since then, the tales have become an inextricable part of our culture. While some adaptations of the stories have fallen flat (2011's "Red Riding Hood," starring Amanda Seyfried, comes to mind), others have taken on a life of their own as films, and some of the best were adapted by Disney into animated features. Here are a few of the studio's best efforts.

--"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," 1937

Disney's first-ever animated movie is still hailed as a technical masterpiece today because of the sophisticated methods used to produce the story of the fairest one of all. While the emphasis on Snow White's beauty may be a bit much today, the movie is still beautiful to look at, and the dwarves are always fun, especially the surly Grumpy who's finally thawed by Snow White's friendship.


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